K-12 Career Connection is an initiative by Catawba County Schools Career and Technical Education Department to connect students and parents to educational opportunities that lead to local high-wage, high-skilled careers around the Catawba Valley.  The mission of NC secondary Career and   Technical Education is to empower all students to be successful citizens, workers and leaders in a global economy.

Industry Recognized Credentials

One increasingly popular way of ensuring students are entering the workforce with appropriate skills is through industry-recognized credentials. Credentials can be used to signal that an individual has acquired the knowledge, skills and abilities required in a specific occupation or industry, giving employers confidence in their new hires.

2015-2016 Credentials Issued by CCS

North Carolina evaluates student CTE achievement using the Vocational Competency Achievement Tracking System (VoCATS). VoCATS is a competency-based instruction management system that supports North Carolina’s public school career and technical education (CTE) program. North Carolina’s public school CTE program is based on the state’s career clusters model. VoCATS testing is administered and compared statewide each semester.

CTE Fall 2016 VoCATS Testing Proficiencies:

  • Bandys High School 79.4%
  • Bunker Hill High School 81%
  • Fred T. Foard High School 78.1%
  • Maiden High School 82.6%
  • Saint Stephens High School 84.3%